Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, PD (Stanford Postdoctoral Fellow)
Founder, medical director and principal investigator of the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program, Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai’s leadership in the environmental health and justice movement began on the morning of February 19, 1992 after signing the death certificate of her father — George Donald Porter — a career longshore walking boss and shipping clerk who died prematurely from pulmonary asbestosis.
Protege of Carlton Benjamin Goodlett, PhD MD, graduate of the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine and Stanford University Department of Surgery Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Sumchai was appointed to head the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Toxic Environmental Registry in 1997, and simultaneously returned home to the neighborhood of her childhood to establish children’s clinics as a physician specialist with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Dr. Sumchai joined the Bayview Hunters Point Health & Environmental Assessment Task Force — a community led SFDPH initiative — and the Community First Coalition EJ movements that shuttered the highly polluting PG&E Hunters Point power plant and adopted the highest clean up standards under the federal Superfund law at the Hunters Point Shipyard codified under the November 2000 Proposition P voter initiative.
Elected to the Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board in the immediate aftermath of the August 2000 landfill fire, Dr. Sumchai founded the Radiological Subcommittee and contributed to the enormous task of finalizing the Historical Radiological Assessment.
Dr. Sumchai serves voluntarily as Health & Environmental Science Editor of the SF Bayview Newspaper and on the Board of Directors of the University of California School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association.
Biomonitoring detects pollution in people! HP Biomonitoring launched in January 2019 as the nation’s first human biomonitoring program offering urinary toxic exposure screenings to residents and workers at a federal Superfund site. The toxic exposure test is analyzed by a certified laboratory using the advanced biomedical technology mass spectrometry capable of detecting an “aggregate” of 35 potential toxins collected in two 15cc test tubes with results in 7 to 10 days.
Funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and licensed as a medical screening clinic by the Medical Board of California, HP Biomonitoring is detecting radioactive “biomarkers” of exposure and carcinogenic heavy metals in urinary toxic exposure screenings on Hunters Point residents diagnosed with brain cancer, breast cancer and a list of diseases linked to toxic environmental exposures. The HP Biomonitoring Medical Screening Clinic is located at 5021 3rd Street — less than half a mile from the federal Superfund site.
Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai has received media recognition, awards and commendations for the ground breaking work being conducted by the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program and is a featured speaker at environmental health and justice events. In 2019 she received the San Francisco Public High Schools Medical Achievement Awarded and in July 2020 was awarded the prestigious KPIX/CBS Jefferson Award — “the local Nobel Prize.”
Awarded the UCSF School of Medicine Medical Alumni of the Year Award in 2021, Dr. Sumchai and a team of colleagues established the Hunters Point Biomonitoring Foundation on March 1, 2021 and have pledged to establish the Hunters Point Community Toxic Registry.
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